Australian Poetry Slam

The Australian Poetry Slam is a national competition for spoken word artists. Anyone can enter. In 2017, 50 heats will be held in towns, cities and suburbs hold slam heats, in state and territory of Australia. Cafe's, libraries, festivals, community halls, pubs and clubs host these events. Audiences award scores to each poet. The favourite poet from each heat is eligible to compete at a regional or state poetry slam final. The best from each state and territory travel to Sydney, to perform for a packed out audience at the National Final. The national slam champion wins prizes and professional gigs.

POETRY SLAM Finals 2018

WESTERN Australia State Final


Queensland State Final


Tasmanian FINAL

Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Venue: The Workers Club
Address: 66 Elizabeth Street Launceston TAS
Contact: Yvonne Gluyas


Date: Friday 21st September
Time: 7pm
Venue: State Library Victoria,
Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Contact: Rebecca Anthony

South Australia State Final


Northern Territory State Final


ACT State Final


Sydney Final

Date: Friday 12th October
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
Address: TBC

Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Sydney with poets from Rockdale, Parramatta, Newtown, Double Bay and Canada Bay.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.  

The three winning wordsmiths will go on to represent Sydney in the NSW Final at the State Library of NSW the next night. 


Date: Saturday 13th October
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
Address: TBC

Writers from every region of NSW converge in Sydney, seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Byron to Albury, the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

You will choose two wordsmiths to represent NSW in a National Final the next night, as part of Story-Fest 2018: 3 days of live literary mayhem! Oct 12-14

Australian NATIONAL Final

Date: Sunday 14th October
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
Address: TBC

Australian Poetry Slam is one of the largest and most respected performing writers programs in the world; combining stories, poems, theatre and hip-hop.

At the APS Final 2017, you chose Solli Raphael and Jesse Oliver as your National Poetry Slam Champions.

Who will this nationwide search unearth in 2018? What stories will explode in your mind, cause you to run onto stage, pump your fist and shout "Hell yeah! Me too!"

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, one writer will be chosen to perform at the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival in Bali, Byron Writers Festival and Sydney Writers Festivals in 2019.



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Australian Poetry Slam is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, as well as Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.